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  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • Primary Club Metrics

    Survey results identify which metrics are most often used to determine performance. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA; and Amanda Belarmino

  • Introducing 'Your HFTP': An Updated Online Interface for HFTP Members

    HFTP is excited to announce the newly updated “Your HFTP” online account portal. “Your HFTP” allows you to successfully manage your HFTP membership online. This refreshed online interface looks and feels just like the HFTP website and (better yet) is mobile-responsive.

Chomping at the bit for food trends? Feast on this!

·18 December 2018
If you’re wondering what consumers will eat when they dine out next year, think alternative proteins, ethnic-inspired breakfasts or veggie-carb substitutes, and you’ll be on the right track, according to our new research on food trends for 2019.

Craft, local and artisan beverages are hot in 2019

·12 December 2018
Beverages, especially craft, artisan and locally made varieties are going to make a splash in 2019, according to early results from our annual What’s Hot survey. See our news release.

The benefits of gaming

·28 November 2018
When restaurant technology innovators think “gaming,” they usually think “training.” It makes sense: They imagine the young people in their lives playing Minecraft or Fortnight and see an opportunity to teach them restaurant job skills in a fun and engaging way.

Using tech to tame third-party delivery

·28 November 2018
With guests looking for both convenience and the dining-out experience, third-party delivery has been a rewarding solution for many restaurants. But many issues still need to be worked out, including increasing fees, operational hassles and brand confusion, said speakers at the National Restaurant Association’s recent Restaurant Innovation Summit in Dallas.

Marketing alternative proteins on the menu

·28 November 2018
Restaurant operators are providing an expanding array of menu options as more guests look for plant-based and alternative proteins in their diets. But since the reasons driving guests toward “plant-forward” offerings are so varied – ranging from health concerns to interest in the environment or animal protection -- there aren’t cookie-cutter solutions for how operators should market their new offerings.

4 ways digital payments benefit your restaurant

·28 November 2018
Two-thirds of consumers can envision a cashless world in the future, according to recent Visa research. Is your restaurant ready? Operators are intrigued, but wary: What’s the impact on the guest experience of going cashless? What are the operational issues? A panel of experts talked through the future of payments at our recent Restaurant Innovation Summit, held Nov. 7-8 in Dallas, and suggested four benefits of expanding your digital payment options.

7 insights for reaching Gen Z

·28 November 2018
If you’re tired of hearing about millennials, here’s some good news: There’s a new group of consumers to study. Members of Generation Z, currently aged 13 to 22, have billions in spending power – and that doesn’t include the influence they have on what their parents buy. Some defining qualities: They have a short attention span; they’re the most likely generation to volunteer; and they’re the most likely to protest a cause they believe in.

Join Small Business Saturday and grow your sales

·15 November 2018
If you think Black Friday is a big deal, don’t miss out on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24. Join the tens of thousands of retailers and restaurateurs who are encouraging customers to “Shop Small” on this special day. Why? Consumers will better understand how important small businesses are to their communities and the economy.

Don't wing it on Thanksgiving; let sales expectations soar

·14 November 2018
Are you ready to serve a hungry throng of customers on Thanksgiving? Restaurateurs, be prepared Nov. 22, because a number of consumers will supplement their traditional holiday meals with restaurant-prepared foods, the National Restaurant Association’s the most recent research states

Winter watch: Preventing colds, flu and foodborne illness

·14 November 2018
It is almost winter, and the cold weather has arrived. Get ready because the change in temperature will cause colds and flu to occur. Here, Ashley Miller, one of our food safety experts, shares thoughts on what to do to prevent the spread of colds, flu and foodborne illness at your business:

5 tips for dealing with a security breach

·13 November 2018
Data security continues to concern restaurateurs, says Laura Knapp Chadwick, the National Restaurant Association’s director of commerce and entrepreneurship.

D.C. serves up first-ever Black Restaurant Week

· 5 November 2018
Restaurateurs in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia have joined forces to celebrate the District’s first-ever Black Restaurant Week, which started Nov. 4 and runs through Nov. 11.

Start the next technology wave; join Startup Alley 2019

· 1 November 2018
Are you aiming to make your technology company the main dish at our centennial Restaurant Show in Chicago next year? If the answer is yes, joining Startup Alley could kick-start your growth.

Industry commits to fighting drug abuse

·26 October 2018
Carrie Leishman, president and CEO of the Delaware Restaurant Association, attended President Trump’s Oct. 24 signing of the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act”. Committed to helping the restaurant industry fight the problem of drug abuse, she and her team have developed a Drug Awareness & Prevention program.

Supply Chain pros address industry issues at Fla. conference

·25 October 2018
Nearly 300 supply chain and purchasing executives converged yesterday on the National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Management Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Industry supports plan to curb opioid epidemic

·25 October 2018
At an official ceremony today, President Trump signed the bipartisan “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act”, legislation aimed at curbing the opioid crisis in America.

Gen Z job hunters seek good pay, opportunity, brand reputation

·23 October 2018
The restaurant industry is looking to Gen Z members of the workforce to fill open jobs and seek opportunities that result in successful careers. New research by the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation found out what they are looking for.

How to handle the aftermath of a hurricane (VIDEO)

·10 October 2018
As restaurateurs and other small businesses brace for the after-effects of Hurricane Michael — the Category 4 storm currently bearing down on the Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia and southeastern Alabama — the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering several videos on what to do when a hurricane affects your business.

California's Sardine Factory toasts 50th anniversary

· 4 October 2018
The Sardine Factory, one of Monterey, California’s renowned upscale restaurants, recently celebrated 50 years in business.

Smart move: Former restaurant CEO pioneers AI startup

· 4 October 2018
Investment and restaurant industry executive Clinton Coleman will speak on the future of AI technology at our Restaurant Innovations Summit.

Tech design expert to speak at Restaurant Innovation Summit

· 1 October 2018
A conversational shift is happening in restaurants: We’re moving away from “hospitality vs. technology” to “hospitality enhanced by technology.” That’s sure to be one of the themes at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Innovation Summit, Nov. 7-8 in Dallas.

Association, Winsight partner to expand industry impact

· 1 October 2018
The National Restaurant Association and Winsight Media, publisher of several B2B business publications and owner of marketing research firm Technomic Inc., have entered into an equity partnership giving Winsight operational ownership and execution of the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.

Recognizing the impact of Latinos on the industry

·27 September 2018
Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15, is honoring the achievements of the Latino community, and the impact its culture, and legacy have had on America. During this month-long recognition, the National Restaurant Association is reflecting on how Latinos have changed the way we cook, our culture and even how the restaurant industry does business.

Celebrating 100 years, our 2019 Show registration opens

·27 September 2018
The countdown has begun! Registration is now open for the 100th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show, May 18-21, 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

6 tips to ensure proper hygiene when handling food

·24 September 2018
During this final week of National Food Safety Month, the focus is on the vital role of food handlers in maintaining proper food safety protocols.

Diversity must be main course, industry leader says

·21 September 2018
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we asked Gerry Fernandez, president and CEO of the MultiCultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance to talk about the influence of the Latino community on the restaurant industry.

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